Annapurna Conservation Area
The Annapurna Conservation Area has been best trekking areas in the world. It is also the most visited trekking area in the country. The area spread around Kaski, Mustan, Managand Lamjung districts of Central Nepal. Beginning 7 metres, the area reaches as high as 8,091 metres of Mt. Annapurna.
Ghandruk is the first experience and further down is Gorepani that provides fantastic panoramic view of the Annapurna ranges. Equally eye catching are hills of rhododendrons that blossom every spring. The turning point of the Annapurna Circuit is Jomsom. The trek southeast from Jomsom, leads to the scenic Tilicho Lake area at an altitude of 4,919 metres. In the Circuit route, is the famous Hindus religious sites Muktinath Temple. The vegetation in this region includes various species of orchids and rhododendron. Wildlife includes around 100 different kinds of mammals including rare snow leopards and blue sheep. The region also boasts of around 478 species of reptiles' including multi-colored Impheyan, Koklas and blood pheasants. In addition the region is also home to 39 species of reptiles and 22 species of amphibians. Best time to visit the park is between October and November.
For Nepalese Nationals, Free
For SAARC Nationals, Rs. 200/- per person
For Other Foreign Nationals, Rs. 2000/- per person
The best gateway to the region is Pokhara is Kaski district of mid west Nepal. Pokhara is easily accessible by air or by land from Kathmandu. Another gateway to Annapurna is from Khudi of Lamjung or fly to Jomsom or Manang.